David Wilson, RB, Giants
|RB - #59||156.23||NYG||Questionable||3 years||23||5'9||205||@4stillRunning|
2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rob Warner
Neck surgery limited the 2012 first round pick from Virginia Tech to just five games last season. Though, Wilson showed flashes in his rookie season, finishing with 71 carries for 358 yards (impressive 5.0 yards per carry). The injury concerns, ball security issues and a crowded backfield all keep Wilson as nothing more than a late-round flier with a lot to prove. He is expected to play a change-of-pace role (behind Rashad Jennings) provided he gets medical clearance. He is being drafted in Round 14 of 12-team league drafts (157.25 ADP).
Editor's note: FFToolbox thought 2013 was going to be a breakout season for Wilson. it never came to pass. If the stars align with his health and workload, Wilson can be a productive backup behind Jennings.
Rashad Jennings is the Giants' lead running back. That is known. David Wilson, now that he has been medically cleared, should be the change-of-pace backup. That is pretty much a lock as long as he stays healthy.
But there could be room for a third consistent contributor to this running game. That is if you believe Art Stapleton, Giants reporter for the Bergen Record. He tweeted Tuesday that he "could see" Jennings, Wilson, and rookie running back Andre Williams being used in a rotation, "especially to keep Jennings fresh."
It's only an opinion, but one that could have some merit. Williams actually worked with Eli Manning and the first-team offense during goal-line drills in today's practice. Wilson was with the second team.
Williams reportedly has a lot to work on in terms of technique, but if the Giants keep it simple and just ask him to convert by the goal line this year, they may be able to get the most out of the rookie while he polishes his all-around game on the side.
Williams is listed at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds. Jennings is no small dude either; he's 6-foot-1, 230 pounds. But last season's 163 carries with the Raiders marked a career high for him. Plus, Jennings has been injured fairly often in his career, including 2011 when he missed the entire season due to a knee injury.
Moving to such a rotation sounds smart for the Giants. But it will drive fantasy owners absolutely bonkers. Jennings is being drafted in the mid-20s among RBs. Maybe lower him just a tad until we get deeper into training camp and a better picture of how the carries in this backfield will be divvied up develops.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/22 - Giants might use 3-man rotation in backfield, including rookie RB Andre Williams
7/21 - Giants RB David WIlson 'cleared for everything'
7/17 - Giants expect RB David Wilson to be medically cleared and ready to go
6/24 - Giants' GM says RB Rashad Jennings is a 'bell cow type' running back
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.01||FFToolbox - Jeb Gorham - The elite wide outs were gone at this point. I was hoping Jimmy Graham might slip to this pick, but he did not. Wilson has had his issues with possession, etc. but he has the potential to be a stud RB in the league. I like his speed and it appears he is going to get the chance to show his worth. I am betting that he has a solid season and he would be a nice RB 2 with AP.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|2.12||FFToolbox - David Wilson is our FFToolbox Breakout Player of the Year. While his ADP suggests he's a 3rd round option, we feel come September his ADP will be somewhere mid round 2. Being on the turn requires that you "go get" your guys that won't make it back to me.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|3.06||DynastyLeague Football - I knew coming into the draft I wanted to get as many quality RBs as I could in the first four rounds. While I'm lower on David Wilson than most, I couldn't let him slide any lower. He has big time potential as long as he's corrected his ball security and pass protection issues.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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